Trump So Far

A review of President Trump’s accomplishments so far

On January 20th, Mr. Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Along with this change of power in the White House, America will see many more changes in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

In October, Trump outlined his goals for the first 100 days of his presidency. These included cleaning up “the swamp” and protecting American workers. Trump also explained that he would be working with Congress to create legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, improve immigration laws, end many needed trade agreements, and take away regulations that protect the environment from greedy exploitation.

Since Inauguration Day, Trump has signed his first executive order, which was to begin dismantling Obamacare. This order cannot fully repeal the ACA, which provides healthcare to millions of Americans, since it is so extensive. However, the order does instruct government agencies to interpret the implementation of any provision or requirement of Obamacare that could pose a financial burden on state, drug companies, and insurers. There is no replacement healthcare as of now.
Another action taken by the Trump Administration was to allow his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to become the senior advisor. This goes against federal anti-nepotism laws which prevents relatives from being appointed to government positions. He has also fired all foreign ambassadors, despite having zero replacements.

In addition to the first 100 days goals, Trump’s appointees to his cabinet are to be confirmed and sworn in. Although many of the appointees remain unconfirmed due to thorough research and questioning by the Senate (who must approve the appointees), there are a few they don’t need to approve or have already done so. Trump’s appointees consist of billionaires, xenophobes, conflicts of interest, science deniers and “alternative fact” believers.

One of such appointees is media executive Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist, who is an accused white nationalist, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, and alt-right extremist. He has also appointed former Texas governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. Perry once said that the Energy Department should be scrapped and has denied climate change.

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A), Trump appointed close ally of the fossil fuel industry, Scott Pruitt. Pruitt has criticized federal environmental regulations and gone against the E.P.A many times in his current job.

So far, many are scared and outraged by President Trump’s decisions, as seen by the worldwide Women’s Marches. However, as Mr. Obama said, “It’s important for us to let him make his decisions. The American people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see.”

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